You are invited to one of the year’s most glamorous events: a sneak peek behind Glamour: Costumes and Images from the Collection of Mary Strauss, an exhibition to benefit the SHELDON ART GALLERIES. The display features decades of Hollywood costumes and other memorabilia such as Norma Shearer’s stunning Gilbert Adrian-designed red gown from 1938’s Marie Antoinette and a 1980s Nolan Miller va-va-voom number worn by Joan Collins on Dynasty.

Arts maven MARY STRAUSS, who has collected hundreds of items and artifacts over the years, says her whole life has been influenced by movies and theater. “The costumes and images I have collected continually transport me to a fantasy world of beauty, perfection, romance and seduction.”

A VIP Champagne reception and preview will be held Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 The Sheldon. Tickets are $50 each; and can be secured through MetroTix (534-1111 or, or at the door. Glamour opens to the public on Oct. 4 and runs through Dec. 28.

ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION has announced it has received its largest ever bequest: a $12.4 million gift from the estate of the late HOWARD and DOROTHEA HEBEBRAND. The couple, who had no children of their own, designated a trust worth approximately $25 million to support both St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Mrs. Hebebrand passed away last November at the age of 97. Her husband of 59 years predeceased her by several years.

Journalist RAY SUAREZ, senior correspondent of PBS NewsHour, will be in St. Louis next month to moderate a town hall meeting for Nine Network. The station’s live broadcast of American Graduate Community Town Hall airs Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The program, the first in a series of televised community town halls across the country, brings together parents, students, educators, and business and community leaders to discuss how to improve outcomes for the region’s young people. While in town, Suarez will also make an appearance at the Central Library downtown to sign copies of his new book, Latino Americans. He’ll be at the library on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

When Smokey sings…The man once hailed by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet” is coming to St. Louis. Celebrated singer/songwriter SMOKEY ROBINSON will perform a special concert at The Sheldon on Friday, Sept. 13. Limited tickets are available, 534-1111 or

Three St. Louisans have been announced as the latest recipients of two prestigious awards from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. LARRY LEVIN, publisher/CEO of St. Louis Jewish Light, is the winner of the Goldstein Award for outstanding professional leadership. RACHEL LUBCHANSKY and JEFFREY SPARKS are the recipients of the Glosberg Award, which recognizes volunteer leaders in the Jewish community who are 40 years and younger. The honorees will be presented with their awards at the Federation’s annual meeting Sept. 17. 

And then there were two: ST. LOUIS PREMIUM OUTLETS, the second of two new upscale outlet malls in Chesterfield, officially opened for business last week. The 350,000-square-foot space is home to 90 outlet stores, including Ann Taylor, Armani, Kate Spade and Michael Kors.